The mission of the Digital Archiving Lab (DAL) is to convert Simpson Library’s rare and unique archival materials to digital formats. Using specialized equipment and specifications to properly handle materials, we digitize rare books, manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, and more. These digital objects are used to support the research and teaching goals of the UMW community, and can be accessed on many platforms among the Library’s online digital collections.
The Digital Archiving Lab is also available for use by UMW faculty, staff, and students. DAL staff offer training on the lab's equipment and software, as well as consultation on digitization, digital preservation, and digital collection projects. To schedule an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-654-2045.
Equipment available for use in the Digital Archiving Lab includes the following:
|Equipment||Type of Material||Maximum Document Dimensions||Maximum Resolution|
|Cobra Book Scanner||Bound materials; Documents||13 x 18 inches||600ppi|
|Epson Flatbed Scanner||Documents; Photographs; Prints; Film (positive & negative)||12 x 17 inches||Dependent on document size.|
|Canon 50MP DSLR w/ Tripod||Oversized Prints; Posters; Objects||N/A||300ppi|
Several workstations in the Digital Archiving Lab also include the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, including Photoshop, Lightroom, and Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Students, staff, and faculty can schedule appointments to use the equipment and software in the Digital Archiving Lab.
Examples of projects that used the DAL:
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